Letter: North Canaan turns out on asphalt amendment
To the editor:
The citizens of North Canaan, Conn., turned out in force on May 13 at the Planning and Zoning town meeting to support the adoption of an amendment to the zoning regulations to not permit the "manufacturing, production, processing and storage of asphalt" in all zones in the town of North Canaan.
Thank you to every person who came to the meeting to show their support of the amendment and to all the people who have worked so hard to bring this issue to the town's attention. Thank you to all who willingly signed petitions and put up lawn signs to let everyone know we care about our community's future. And a huge thank you to the North Canaan Planning and Zoning Board for hearing your townspeople speak about the negative impact on the health, environment, economic development and quality of life an asphalt plant would bring to our town, and thank you for voting to amend the zoning regulations to not permit future asphalt plants from coming to North Canaan.
The battle continues however. The town is still being sued by a developer who seems to want to continue to bring an asphalt plant into a town that clearly does not want one. He hopes to have his plant approved in the courts on a technicality. We need to remain vigilant and continue our fight against any asphalt plant in our town.
The letter was also signed by Dorothy Kelley, Joe Cieslowski, Lynn Fowler, Bernie Re and Joey Jablonski. The writers are members of Stop the Asphalt Plan, East Canaan.
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